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Below are the most frequently asked questions the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) receives. Can’t find your answer? Ask Betty at the bottom of the page.

FAQs for Prospective Students

 

ADMISSION

How do I apply?

Learn more about applying for a degree with the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art by visiting our Undergraduate or Graduate pages.

Are scholarships available for incoming students?

Why, yes there are! We have two incoming scholarships – one for incoming Art (Art History, Studio Art, 2D, 3D and Graphic Design) students and one for incoming Graphic Communications Management students. In addition, there are many other opportunities for incoming students both on and off campus. Also look into federal and state aid programs and the Office of Financial Aid, which provides resources for external scholarships. There are also scholarship search engines such as Fastweb and School Soup and Academic Invest.

How can my AP (Advance Placement) credits be applied towards my degree?

Incoming Freshman who have AP credits must earn a 4 or higher on their AP portfolio. Art AP credits count as one of the exploratory courses (ART 2000) ART 2000 will serve as one three hour Exploratory Studio Elective. Students must order official score reports from The College Board and request that the College Board send them to the following address. NOTE: We cannot accept copies of unsealed score reports or copies of score reports.

Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art
ATTN: Advising & Career Center
PO BOX 8032
Statesboro, GA 30460

icon_alert_pplNOTE: We cannot accept copies of unsealed score reports or copies of score reports.

Do you require a portfolio of work to be accepted into the visual arts program?

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art currently does not require portfolios to be admitted to our undergraduate programs. However, BFA in Graphic Design requires students to pass a Portfolio Review at the end of their second year to continue on into the program.

Am I required to purchase a computer?

As an Art or GCM student, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art does not require you to furnish a personal computer. Students have access to computer labs and peripheral equipment during class and during limited open lab hours.  In addition, the Henderson Library has computer labs available 24/7. Students will rarely need access to industry software until their second year. It is strongly recommended that students supplement the program’s technology with equipment of their own. At this time, we recommend the following:


MacBook ProMacBook Pro 13-inch

4GB Memory & 500GB Storage: $1,199.00

icon_info_pinkKeep in mind that students can buy discounted software and computers. View more information regarding the BFSDoArt computer lab.  icon_externallink_grn

Can prospective students sit in on a class?

Absolutely! We encourage prospective students to sit in on classes between Mondays and Thursdays because that is when our department is most active. Please arrange a time to visit the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art here.

What is GCM?

GCM stands for Graphic Communications Management. This degree, formally known as Printing Management, educates students with printing techniques and technology used in the printing industry to prepare graduates for a careers as account executives, projects managers and the like.

Will my current college courses transfer?

Once you have been accepted to Georgia Southern University you will receive a credit evaluation detailing what courses will transfer into our institution. For more detailed information about what specific class will transfer, please use the Registrar’s Transfer Equivalency Tool.

ADVISING

What is the difference between 2D and 3D Design?

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art ‘s 2D Design (Two Dimensional Design) focuses on Painting, Drawing, Illustration, Printmaking, Papermaking and Book Arts whereas our 3D Design (Three Dimensional Design) focuses primarily on Ceramics, Jewelry, Small Metals and Sculpture.

What are the main differences between the B.A., B.F.A. and B.S. degrees?

A Bachelor of Arts degree or B.A. degree requires that students complete a foreign language sequence through level 2002. Typically, this translates into a total of four foreign language courses: 1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002. Additionally, students must declare a minor as part of the B.A. degree. Bachelor of Science degrees or B.S. degrees require a foreign language as well but only up through level 2001. Also, most B.S. degrees offer the option of declaring a minor rather than requiring one like the B.A. does. Bachelor of Fine Arts or B.F.A. degrees require neither a foreign language nor a minor. Time spent pursuing a minor and completing a foreign language sequence for the B.A. and B.S. degrees is rather spent in the studio, producing and designing artwork.

What CORE classes do I need?

Every undergraduate student at Georgia Southern University is required to take the same CORE classes in addition to their selected major coursework.

WHY BFSDoArt?

Why are creative degrees attractive to employers?

FORBES Magazine says it best, “We’ve entered a new imagination-inspired ecosystem that rewards ideation over mere production, and marks creativity as an undeniable catalyst to an organization’s success.” (2011)

What can I do with a degree earned from the BFSDoArt?

Plenty. But sometimes you have to be JUST as creative in getting a job as you are in the studio. A couple of examples of jobs our alumni hold are:
One 2D alumni painted the very ornate details inside of Atlanta mosques.
A Graphic Design alumnae paints the in-store advertising signs for Trader Joes.

Check out our degree programs for more information:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): ART HISTORY & STUDIO ART
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.): 2D, 3D & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Bachelor of Science (B.S.): GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT (GCM)

FAQs for Current Students

 

ACADEMICS

What are the minimum grade requirements for Art & GCM Majors?

Art & GCM Majors must earn a ‘C’ or better in all courses in Major. All Foundation courses must be completed prior to Concentration Requirements.

Must students follow a course sequence requirement?

Students must successfully complete prerequisites for courses and take courses in proper sequence. Please consult your academic advisor (link) for more information or refer to your program’s curriculum sheet (link).

What is the Level II enrollment requirement?

Held annually at end of Spring Semester, Graphic Design majors require a successful review of their Level I Graphic Design work to continue into the Level II Graphic Design courses. Please refer to the portfolio review guidelines.

What is and why are there lab free requirements?

Studio and courses require a $50 lab fee and included in your yearly tuition.

Are students required to have internships?

Art History, Graphic Design and Studio Art Majors have the option to take an internship course. A professional internship is offered as a program elective and requires a total institution GPA of 2.75 to register for credit.

GCM students require one internship as part of their curriculum and have the option to take an additional one if they prefer to do so.

Why are internships important?

Where do I look for internships?

First and foremost, make sure your email profile states you are interested in receiving announcements regarding internships. Secondly, understand that you are not restricted to only the internships that we offer; go out, network and find an internship that specifically meets your needs – just make sure your internship advisor signs off on it.

How many credit hours should I take?

Advising Center (how many credits required to have on campus job, be considered full time, etc. — in addition, course load, 4 year plan of study, rotations, etc. )

How do I get my RAN#?

You must be advised to obtain your RAN#. Make an appointment with our Academic Advisor.

Can I and why would I declare a minor with the BFSDoArt?

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) offers four minors that can help shape your future career path or even open possibilities for careers you haven’t thought of! Georgia Southern students can declare a minor in Art History, Graphic Communications Management, Graphic Design and Studio Art. In addition, we also offer various Second Disciplines.

How do I clear for graduation?

Students must apply for graduation THREE semesters prior to the term in which they plan to graduate. First, obtain graduation paperwork from the Registrar’s Office then make an appointment with our Academic Advisor to complete the paperwork.

CAREERS

Why are creative degrees attractive to employers?

FORBES Magazine says it best, “We’ve entered a new imagination-inspired ecosystem that rewards ideation over mere production, and marks creativity as an undeniable catalyst to an organization’s success.” (2011)

What can I do with my degree?

Plenty. But sometimes you have to be JUST as creative in getting a job as you are in the studio. A couple of examples of jobs our alumni hold are:
A 2D alumni painted the very ornate details inside of Atlanta mosques.
A Graphic Design alumnae paints the in-store advertising signs for Trader Joes.Check out our degree pages for more information:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): ART HISTORY & STUDIO ART
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.): 2D, 3D & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Bachelor of Science (B.S.): GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT (GCM)

How can I find out about job openings?

As a student of the BFSDoArt, you are automatically signed up on our mailing list. Make sure to update your profile to receive announcements regarding job opportunities. We send them out to Alumni, too! In addition, the BFSDoArt shares job leads on LinkedIn.

STUDENT LIFE

Why does the BFSDoArt have such a strict attendance policy?

Studio art, graphic communications, and art history courses are practice or skill based, and as such, class attendance is crucial to the learning process. Unique demonstrations, group critiques and oral presentations are not repeatable or easily rescheduled. In addition, many of the demonstrations are vital to your well-being. Some of our equipment can be very dangerous if not used properly. [ For example, one Yale student was asphyxiated by her hair when wrapped around a lathe she was working on. ]

FAQs for Parents

 

How can I stay informed about department events?

We invite parents of the BFSDoArt to join our mailing list to keep up with department events, advising and student announcements.

How can I stay informed about campus events?

Georgia Southern’s Parent Programs, of course!

Do I have a voice in my student’s college career?

Yes, as long as your student signs off on their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we can speak to you about their coursework.

Can we schedule a tour of the BFSDoArt?

Of course! Let us know when you’d like to head to Statesboro and we’ll arrange a tour of our facilities, discuss degree options and so much more. It also wouldn’t hurt to meet with Admissions as well!

Who can my student speak to regarding his coursework? (what to take, in what order, etc.)


The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art has a dedicated staff member, Cinnamon Dowd, to assist students in the advising and registration process, pre-professional development, referrals to beneficial on- and off-campus resources, and can provide tips for enhancing personal wellbeing throughout their college career.

Additionally, information regarding the BFSDoArt coursework can all be found online under our Advising & Career Center page or in the Registrar’s online course catalog.
FAQs for Alumni

 

How can I stay informed about department events?

Sign up for our mailing list.

Can the BFSDoArt assist me in my job hunt?

Absolutely. Part of our mailing list has an option to hear about career openings soliciated to the BFSDoArt. Make sure you have that selected. In addition, you can find a BFSDoArt Alumni Group on LinkedIn to assist with networking and job sharing.

FAQs for the Community

 

EVENTS

What happened to the Club Mud Exhibition & Sale?

Nothing other than a name & location change!  Club Mud is now known as Student Made. In the fall, you can find the sale in the Center for Art & Theatre and in the spring, in the Artists Market at ArtsFest!

How can I stay informed about department events?

Sign up for our mailing list.

 

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Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art • PO Box 8032 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5358 • art@georgiasouthern.edu